Elizabeth Kearney Women's Leadership Program

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Elizabeth Kearney Women’s Leadership is a gender specific, strengths-based leadership program.

The program takes a cohort of women through 5-months of professional and personal leadership development. 

Women identify their individual strengths, build skills, learn about community and civic engagement, network, and leave prepared to address common leadership challenges facing women.  



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Program Details

Elizabeth Kearney Women's Leadership is held once per month following the schedule below. 

Each session includes leadership presentations/workshops and small group discussions and covers various leadership topics, such as: strengths-based leadership, values and ethics, managing conflict, and imposter syndrome.

The program addresses the gender and racial bias facing women in leadership. Participants identify their strengths, enhance their leadership skills, connect with other women leaders in the community, and  leave prepared to address the unique leadership challenges facing women.

Who Should Apply?

ANY WOMAN regardless of her title or position that:

  • Seeks to challenge herself 
  • Wants to develop personally or professionally 
  • Aspires to be engaged in her community
  • Desires to create a Leadership Plan to sustain her through her leadership growth

Consider encouraging a woman to apply. 

Many women do not act on opportunities unless encouraged to do so by others. 

Fall 2019 EKWL Schedule

September 19, 2019           
October 17, 2019                 
November 21, 2019            
December 19, 2019            
January 16, 2020                

Spring 2020 EKWL Schedule

January 23, 2020
February 27, 2020
March 26, 2020
April 30, 2020
May 28, 2020

Times: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Plus: Opening Reception & Persimmon Scarf Graduation Ceremony

Cost: $800

Payment plan & scholarships available. ​For inquiries, please email: erinkragh@ywcamankato.org.

BECAUSE there is a gender leadership gap and women are not yet equal.

Women in leadership- especially women of color- experience unique challenges, including gender and racial bias.

Although leadership is about more than a title, women’s underrepresentation in business, government, and institutional leadership roles is a sign of a larger issue.

YWCA Mankato created this program to address the gender leadership gap and further its mission to ELIMINATE RACISM and EMPOWER WOMEN.

Thank You to the 2018-19 EKWL Program Sponsors

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